TWISTED SISTER Singer Says He Is In Shock Over Kin's Rubout

August 22, 2003

TWISTED SISTER singer Dee Snider told the New York Daily News Wednesday that the gangland-style slaying of his brother-in-law has left his family crushed and desperate for answers.

"We're sitting here, trying to find out what happened," Snider said. "We have no clues."

Vincent Gargiulo, a steelworker, was shot in the head Monday on W. 30th St. near Broadway as he walked to work. Police have theorized Gargiulo may have been targeted because of a failed business deal.

Gargiulo, the brother of Snider's wife of 27 years, Suzette, previously invested in Sculpt, a failed Manhattan health club, and had dabbled in real estate.

"But this was years ago," said Snider, whose Long Island band hit it big in the 1980s with "I Wanna Rock" and "We're Not Gonna Take It".

The businesses were a part of Gargiulo's bid to go straight after he did three stints in jail, Snider said. "Eighteen years ago, he walked away from a life of crime, and he never looked back," he said. "That's major."

Gargiulo, who lived in Sunnyside, Queens, joined the steelworkers union three months ago. Two days before he was killed, he had attended a nephew's engagement party. "We were all excited to see him," Snider said. "We didn't know of any problem he had."

Snider — now the host of an '80s heavy-metal radio show — said relatives are hopeful the killer can be caught.

"I loved him and I miss him," said Snider. "Anybody who knows anything, please come forward and talk to the police."

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